Hamilton snatches pole position for the US Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton won the pole position for the US Grand Prix after he was the fastest in qualifying at Circuit of the Americas. This is the maiden pole for the British driver in Austin and also his 9th pole position in 2016.

Hamilton was the fastest in the first qualifying round (1:36.296), what was only 0.101s better than result scored by his teammate Nico Rosberg. Manor’s drivers Esteban Ocon and Pascal Wehrlein were eliminated from the second qualifying round, just as Haas’ Romain Grosjean, McLaren’s Jenson Button, Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr.

Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team

Romain Grosjean had a disappointing session

In the second round, Daniel Ricciardo was faster than two Mercedes drivers. The Red Bull driver set the lap time 1:36.255 and showed that, with a good tactical approach, he can fight for the victory in the race on Sunday.

A small surprise was the elimination of Sergio Perez from Q3. Out of the final round also were Fernando Alonso, Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Gutierrez, Jolyon Palmer, and Marcus Ericsson.

The final round was the battle between two Mercedes drivers and Hamilton won it. The reigning champion drove a fantastic lap – 1:34.999 – what was 0.216s better than the time set by the championship leader.

Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo will start from P3

Red Bull’s drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will start from the second row, while the third row is reserved for the Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. They are followed by Nico Hulkenberg, Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa, and Carlos Sainz Jr.

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